How many of you suffer from migraines? Do you find their arrival predictable? Do you have a recognised set of symptoms?
Personally I usually get mine at the beginning of or during my period (a common trigger apparently). They begin with a mild headache that will not shake when normally a couple of paracetamol will quash it. By the time I realise I’m getting a migraine there’s nothing I can do because I can’t keep anything down.
The headache takes on a pressure that makes my head and neck so heavy. My head throbs, my cheeks ache, my gums are painful, my eyes feel like they are bulging. I then become supersensitive to light, movement and noise. The pressure on my head makes me feel nauseous. The only release is to vomit. Thus starts a cycle of vomiting and agonising pain throbbing throughout my head,neck and face. A dark quiet room is not dark enough or quiet enough. I need a slight weight on my head and eyes so I put on an eye mask and I put on a hat or a compress. I climb into bed in between trips to the bathroom to be sick and ride it out for about 8 hours. Then I sleep.
The next day I am flimsy, that’s the best word I can come up with. I feel very shaky and fragile. I feel like I could use a head and neck brace… I feels I can barely support my own head without help. I’m not sensitive to input but unable to keep up with it. I certainly am not safe to drive. It’s like my eyes and ears see or hear something and there is a notable delay in processing. That means I can cope with a small amount of input but if things happen too fast I can’t cope at all.
I know that the following morning the world will be ‘normal’ again.
Do any of you have regular, or predictable migraine symptoms? What are they? How do you deal with them?